Do you have a PIMP list?
Asking this question raises a number of eyebrows, because of what we often think of when we see the word PIMP. It doesn’t mean what you think it might (or maybe it does?).
For a few years now, I’ve occasionally mentioned on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere that I have a PIMP list. Some have seen themselves on my Facebook PIMP list and have wondered if that’s a good thing or not. I’ve needed to write a blog post to explain what it is.
This is that blog post. (Finally!)
How we build relationships
PIMP relates to building relationships and is part of my own social media strategy and social media management. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and other social media tools make up the digital neighborhood of the 21st century.
Having a PIMP list is a useful way to measure the depth of those relationships. We don’t know our neighbors, but we spend hours at a time online with other “friends” (I use that term in quotes because we know not all “friends” are really Friends.). If you’re using Google Plus, then you know about putting contacts into circles. We’ve all done this in some way, either subconsciously or consciously.
As I’ve used Twitter and other social media networking tools over the years, I’ve enjoyed several moments when I’ve finally met someone in-person whom I’ve only known online. Here are a few examples:
- I can still remember the first time I met Rich Palmer at the Tim Horton’s on Miller Lane in Dayton in 2006. I’d been listening to his Audio Gumshoe podcast for about a year, and it was great to have finally made the connection in-person. I believe those times we’ve spent time together since then have strengthened the relationship that originated online from an independent band and some mishaps I’d had with fire. Long story.
- I also remember meeting Jim Farley the first time at the Panera on Miller Lane in Dayton. I’d known Jim through hearing his music on other podcasts like Ed’s Mixed Bag and Adam Curry‘s Daily Source Code.
- The first time I ever met Cliff Ravenscraft in person was at the very first New Media Cincinnati meetup in October 2007. I’d connected with him via Twitter and Facebook, and had even gotten to chat with him through Skype beforehand. But it was the in-person meeting and others since then that have brought the relationship deeper.
- I remember getting to meet Bryan Person for the first time as he was driving through Cincinnati on his move from Boston to Austin. That very small, impromptu Social Media Breakfast at the First Watch in downtown Cincinnati was definitely worth the wait.
- Last October, at the first ever PodCamp Cincinnati, I finally got to meet John Blue from Truffle Media, whose name and voice I’ve often heard on the Marketing Over Coffee podcast.
The list goes on and on. Every month when we meet together, in-person, for New Media Cincinnati or some other tweetup or social media event in Cincinnati or elsewhere, we take the online conversations offline. Because of the connectedness the social networking tools provide us, we just pick up the conversations where we left off. And when we leave the in-person meeting, we pick up the conversations online again.
What is a PIMP list? Is this really a good thing?
I hope you are not taken aback by this concept of a PIMP list. Tweetdeck, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and others let you organize people we connect with into different lists – circles, if you’re using Google Plus. These mechanisms let you filter conversations and make your use of the tools more relevant to you.
Over time I’ve changed how I use lists. On Twitter, for example, I have an “All Friends” list, a “Must Read” list, a “Clients” list, and a “Local Folks” list. Similarly, on Google Plus I’ve got a Cincinnati circle, a Podcasters circle, and a Gaming circle.
But I also have a PIMP list and a PIMP circle. I use these to show the progress I’m making toward taking those online connections into the real world.
PIMP: People I’ve Met Personally. I look forward, if we haven’t already, to adding you there.
Do you have any lists or Google Plus circles like this? What are your strategies for managing contacts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus? I’d love to hear what you’re doing to manager your relationships on these platforms.
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